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Transreligious Theology as the Quest for Interreligious Wisdom

Defining, Defending, and Teaching Transreligious Theology

John J. Thatamanil
  • Union Theological Seminary, New York, USA
Published Online: 2016-05-27 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opth-2016-0029


This article seeks to define and defend the work of transreligious theology and invite a broad range of instructors from a variety of institutional settings to teach it. What is distinctive here is my definition of transreligious theology understood as the quest for interreligious wisdom. My central questions will be these: Just what is transreligious theology? Why should it be taught? Finally, this essay will take up the concrete question of how transreligious theology might be taught in a variety of institutional settings including undergraduate religious studies departments and even within the state university context.

Keywords: transreligious theology; interreligious wisdom; comparative theology; theology of religions


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About the article

Received: 2016-02-23

Accepted: 2016-03-07

Published Online: 2016-05-27

Citation Information: Open Theology, ISSN (Online) 2300-6579, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opth-2016-0029. Export Citation

©2016 John J. Thatamanil. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 License. (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

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